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STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. More recently “A” has been added to the acronym to reflect the importance of “Art” in the STEM area, creating the STEAM acronym.

The STEM sector has been riding a seemingly endless wave of growth. As humankind continues to reach for the stars, the work undertaken in tech, research and design is expanding exponentially. This has led to the creation of new job types and also to immense skills gaps across the sector. Employer demand for STEM qualifications and skills is high and will continue to increase in the future.

STEM is more than just a group of subjects it more closely reflects a skills set. It uses logic to creatively solve problems.

With STEM skills, you can make a big contribution to many of the big challenges facing society today. From designing visual for a new film, to working as a physiotherapist in a hospital, to inventing a new hi-tech health scanner, to manufacturing a new mobile phone, to writing the code for a new software programme or putting new satellites into space, there are thousands of exciting and well-paid opportunities.

There are different routes into STEM careers at different educational levels, from level 5 and 6, through apprenticeships or from relevant degrees and master programmes.

STEM crosses all career sectors and nearly every job in the future will require STEM/STEAM skills. In this page we are bringing together information on some of the more obvious STEM sectors.

UCD Engineering Open Day
University College Dublin - UCD
January
15
6:00 PM
LIT Engineering Open Day
Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
January
18
10:00 AM
UCD Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City Planning & Environmental Policy Open Day
University College Dublin - UCD
January
18
12:00 PM

Construction, Architecture & Property

Working in the planning, building, selling or management of construction projects (housing estates, roads, warehouses etc.).

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Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science

Creating high quality drugs or chemicals, testing them to ensure they are effective and safe, and monitoring their effect on people and the environment.

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Computers & ICT

Working in the manufacture, sales or support of all forms of computers and computer
systems, or in the creation and development of software.

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Engineering, Manufacturing & Energy

Working in one of the many engineering or technology fields such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Motor and Energy.

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Physics, Mathematics & Space Science

Researching and investigating aspects of the physical universe, or using mathematics to solve complex issues in science or business.

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Earth & Environment

Work with technologies which monitor and predict changes in our environment, the development of renewable energy sources, and the conservation of ecosystems.

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Biomedical Technologies & Medtech

Work on the development of technology that enhances the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and disabilities.

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Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Careers
What is Engineering?

The engineering sector itself is made up of a wide range of companies providing a diverse range of products and services.

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What is Engineering?
Careers
Computers and ICT

  • Career Opportunities
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice 
  • About this Sector

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Computers and ICT
Careers
Physics & Maths

Physical and Mathematical Sciences is a broad sector, with many potential career paths for those with qualifications and suitable skillsets, including medical work, engineering, teaching, finance and technology.

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Career Interview Videos...

Sara Phillips - Tremco Illbruck
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Sara Phillips - Tremco Illbruck

Rosa Doran - Astronomy Educator
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Rosa Doran - Astronomy Educator

Clodagh Moore - Process Engineering Lecturer
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Clodagh Moore - Process Engineering Lecturer

Dr Arlene O'Neill - Physicist
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Dr Arlene O'Neill - Physicist

College Course Videos...

Mechanical Engineering CR108  - Cork Institute of Technology
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Mechanical Engineering CR108 - Cork Institute of Technology

Construction CR052  - Cork Institute of Technology
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Construction CR052 - Cork Institute of Technology

Science with concurrent Teacher Education LM096  - University of Limerick
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Science with concurrent Teacher Education LM096 - University of Limerick

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